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Program Structure

  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in each departmental course (GG/GR course prefix)
  • 124 credit hours are required to earn the Bachelor of Science degree
  • New students must begin the program in the fall semester
  • All courses are offered on the semester system
  • Instructors have advanced degrees and are recognized experts and real-life practitioners in their field
  • Course materials such as exercises, assignments, study guides, exams, and lectures will be delivered via the Internet using Canvas. Canvas is a software program designed specifically for online learning.

Course Rotation

Listed below is the course schedule for the BOMP core courses. The courses are offered only during the semester under which they are listed.

BOMP FIRST YEAR

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 1123- Intro World Geography GR 1604- Weather and Climate GR 4643- Physical Climatology
GR 1114- Physical Geography GR 4813- Natural Hazards

BOMP SECOND YEAR

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 4633- Statistical Climatology GG 3613- Water Resources GR 4613- Applied Climatology
GR 4713- Synoptic Meteorology I* GR 4753/6753- Satellite & Radar
Meteorology
GR 4473- Numerical Weather
Prediction

BOMP THIRD YEAR

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 4623- Physical Meteorology GR 4443- Weather Prediction I GR 4453- Weather Prediction II
GR 4913- Thermodynamic
Meteorology*
GR 4923- Severe Weather* GG 3603- Intro to Oceanography

*Students seeking AMS, NWS, and/or WMO requirements should make the following adjustments to their program of study to include calculus-based courses:

  • Take GR 4733 Synoptic Meteorology instead of GR 4713 Synoptic Meteorology I
  • Take GR 4823 Dynamic Meteorology instead of GR 4913 Thermodynamic Meteorology
  • Take GR 4963 Mesoscale Meteorology instead of GR 4923 Severe Weather

Additional courses are required to meet AMS, NWS, and/or WMO requirements: Dynamic Meteorology II, Calculus I-III, Differential Equations, 2-Calculus based Physics w/labs, and a Chemistry appropriate for science majors. Of these additional courses, MSU only offers Dynamics II online. Contact the advisor with any questions you may have.

ANY SEMESTER/ANY YEAR

GR 4640-Meteorological Internship is not required for the degree or certificate. For more information read Internship Guidelines.

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